Class is in Session

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The end of summer is approaching… Take a deep breath and let it out. The frenzied mornings that are ahead of us are approaching quickly, and like all parents around the nation, we are coming towards the start of school with mixed emotions. We’ve gotten ourselves as prepared as we possibly can. We’ve hit up every back to school sale and … Read More

Anwar AllenClass is in Session

Gourmet Burger Bonanza

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Within the last couple of months our daughter has lost 4 teeth.  As any parent knows, the tooth fairy rates have taken a slight increase.  Accounting for the rate of inflation we shelled out a whole 4 dollars for her efforts.  She was so excited with her dollar bills that every time we left the house she would say, “I’m … Read More

Anwar AllenGourmet Burger Bonanza

The Whole Kids Foundation Kids Mile

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The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and the east coast is breathing a sigh of relief. It was a tough winter, and now that  April has arrived everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Rewind to about a week ago, we had one of our family walks, where we randomly … Read More

Anwar AllenThe Whole Kids Foundation Kids Mile

What Do We Eat When Mom’s Not Home???

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Our good friends, Dennis and Michele, decided to bring their 3 extremely fortunate teenagers on a Caribbean cruise last week.  I stayed at their farm to care for their critters. Which meant… I had an 8 day, unforgettable vacation of my own!  I read books from first page to last (what luxury), went on daily walks through their breathtaking property … Read More

LaurelLeafWhat Do We Eat When Mom’s Not Home???

Guest Post From Dad: It’s a Date

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When I pick my daughter up after 4 hours of kindergarten, I  can always count on her asking  “Are we going on a date? are we going to go out to eat?” Without fail  she asks every day, and forgets that we typically go out every other week. She’s not famished because we’ve sent her to school  with a lunch box full … Read More

LaurelLeafGuest Post From Dad: It’s a Date

Recipes for the $80/Week at Whole Foods Market Challenge!

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One of the great highlights of this past week included seeing a pin on Pinterest cheering us on: “She starts this week 1/6/14! Hope she does it! Living Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market | The Whole Family On a Budget!” !!!!!! Reader, if you’re still following along, thank you for that! You inspired an avalanche: an official website (Welcome, … Read More

LaurelLeafRecipes for the $80/Week at Whole Foods Market Challenge!

Living Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & A Hummus Recipe!

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I read the “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions” yesterday, and 3 of them included: Lose Weight, Get Out of Debt, & Save Money.  This gave me a newfound sense of purpose for this blog effort- as it touches on these three things. It also got me thinking about why I love the Whole Foods Market SO much… why it’s worth … Read More

LaurelLeafLiving Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & A Hummus Recipe!

Grandma’s First Trip to Whole Foods Market

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I think it goes without saying that the topic of, “What shall we do for lunch?” came up more than once while Grandma and I watched Samaria’s 12 pm soccer game on Saturday. Immediately after the game, we experienced the joy of introducing Grandma to Whole Foods Market! As we slowly perused to store, tasting samples at every turn and … Read More

LaurelLeafGrandma’s First Trip to Whole Foods Market

3 Delicious Pizzas For Under $12?! Any day of the year?!

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We like pizza. The three of us happen to have strong opinions on the subject of which toppings to order.  This very important discussion alone can lead us to ask the waitress, “Could you give us one more minute?” two or three times in a single visit! If we could get THREE unusually delicious pizzas of different varieties for less … Read More

LaurelLeaf3 Delicious Pizzas For Under $12?! Any day of the year?!

How We Get Our 5 Year Old to Consume Large Quantities of Raw Kale!

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Samaria shares the opinion of most 5 year olds on the topic of Kale. What I discovered about a year ago, however, is the power of some good old fashioned competition. Allens hate to lose.  Even the littlest of Allens.  So, why not use this quality as leverage to creatively up our phytochemical, vitamin, mineral, etc. etc uptake? The first … Read More

LaurelLeafHow We Get Our 5 Year Old to Consume Large Quantities of Raw Kale!